• Beware of tanning beds!

    Date: 07.30.09 | by Judge Tom.

    The risk of skin cancer jumps by 75% if you start using tanning beds before you’re 35 years old.  This is the finding of a new analysis of twenty studies published in the medical journal Lancet Oncology in July, 2009 and from recent FDA reports.  The Lancet report stems from research by experts at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in France, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization.

    tanningbedSun lamps give off ultraviolet-A (UVA) radiation which experts say is as harmful as arsenic and mustard gas.  Similar to tobacco and hepatitis-B, exposing yourself to the ultraviolet radiation of a tanning booth or bed is a definite cause of skin cancer.  Almost 8,000 people will die this year in the United States from skin cancer, and 1,000 in Canada.

    For more about tanning salons, see:  http://askthejudge.info/should-tanning-salons-be-off-limits-to-teens/198/

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Global Teen Talk
      Thu, 07 Jul 2011 at 07:21

      […] is the sun and the UVA and UVB rays a cancer causing problem requiring hats, sunblock, etc., the risk of skin cancer from tanning beds jumps by 75% for those of you who begin using them before you’re 35 years old. At least two dozen […]